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JANE PRAEGER

Jane Praeger began her career as a documentary film producer for public television. Years later, when she began coaching spokespeople in businesses and non-profits, she found their presentations strikingly bereft of many of the elements that made movies so powerful. 

She made it her mission to bring drama and great storytelling into the broader world of communications. Since founding Ovid in 1992, she has coached countless executives on how to use storytelling and the spoken word to accomplish their professional (and personal) objectives. Ovid has helped people land dream jobs, win new clients, sell books, adopt new campaigns, change government policies, persuade the skeptics in the room, and rally the crowd.  

Jane is a founding faculty member of Columbia University's Masters Programs in Strategic Communications. There, she has spent more than a decade teaching communications strategy, presenting, and strategic storytelling to graduate students and communications executives.

She lives and works in downtown Manhattan.

 
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HEATHER THOMAS

Heather spent over a decade in the presentation spotlight in her role as head of business development for the Omnicom agency, Critical Mass. There, she crafted hundreds of pitch presentations that helped the agency triple its revenue and win countless new accounts such as Dell, Hyatt and Rolex.  After seeing the agency become named the top interactive agency three years in a row by Forrester Research, Heather retired from the all-night business development treadmill, and set out to teach others a bit of what she had learned.

Since combining forces with Ovid in 2010, her focus has been helping agency professionals master the art of persuasive presenting to win the pitch, and sell their big idea.  In addition to her work at Ovid, Heather runs her own business development consulting firm called Winsome. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University teaching storytelling and presentation skills to Master’s students.

In her spare time, Heather enjoy cuisine, travel, design, gardening and family life as the mother of two boys. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University.